Emilio P. Miraglia's Italian horror film 'The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave'

‘The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave’ on Amazon Prime

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) opens with the attempted escape from an asylum, and then jumps ahead to the patient’s (demonstrably premature) freedom. Lord Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen) is a handsome widower living in a run-down mansion in the countryside haunted by memories of his dead wife. To deal with the […]

Jeffrey Combs in Stuart Gordon's 'Re-Animator'

‘Re-Animator’ – Gruesome horror comedy on Netflix

Re-Animator (1985), Stuart Gordon’s cult horror classic from the gory eighties, is a mix of metaphysics, medicine, zombies, and Frankenstein loosely adapted from H.P. Lovecraft’s “Herbert West: Re-Animator.” Bruce Abbot is ostensibly the hero, a nice-guy medical graduate student in love with the dean’s daughter (the frequently naked Barbara Crampton), but Jeffrey Combs steals the […]

Billy Connelly is 'Fido' in the 2007 zombie comedy with Dylan Baker and Carrie-Anne Moss

Zombie comedy ‘Fido’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Andrew Currie’s spirited zom-com Fido (2007) drops the flesh-eating undead into a warped mirror of fifties suburban conformity and hollow appearances. In this alternate history/fantasy America, the Zombie Wars replaced the Cold War and the result is a nation of gated communities served by a stumbling underclass of enslaved zombies and policed by Zomcon, the […]

Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore in the A&E series 'Bates Motel'

‘Bates Motel’ – Season 3 open for business on Netflix

Bates Motel: Season 3 continues the story of Norman Bates: the early years. The “prequel” story to Psycho, about the teenage Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga), takes Norman from awkward high school boy to psychologically troubled kid with murderous blackouts and hallucinations that blossoms into a full-blown split personality. Along […]

Mario Bava's classic 'Black Sunday' with Barbara Steele

Halloween Picks: The best of Mario Bava on Amazon Prime and Fandor

Mario Bava essentially created the genre of baroque horror known as “giallo,” a distinctly Italian twist on stalk and kill horror film. Under his direction, Grand Guignol gore is transformed into lush, visually elegant cinematic spectacle, a waking nightmare with the poetic grace of a musical and a demented edge of sexual perversity. After rising […]